MOSINEE - On Tuesday, we told you the Mosinee Area Action Club was collecting supplies and food to fill a semi truck headed east to help Hurricane Sandy survivors - and many of you responded.
Help came from all over the Northwoods and Central Wisconsin.
We collected donations here at the station, including 50 blankets from the Ascension Lutheran Church in Minocqua.
Rhinelander's city administrator drove it all down to Mosinee, where the action club collected more than $5,000 in cash donations, plus enough supplies and food to fill the semi truck.
Maple Ridge Farms of Mosinee donated one thousand boxes to pack it all up, and Roehl Transport of Marshfield donated the truck, driver and fuel to get everything there.
All of that happened within two weeks.
"This is a really good example of how people from all over the Central Wisconsin area are pulling together to help," said Bill Shirer of the Mosinee Area Action Club. "We really appreciate it. It's been pretty remarkable, to tell you the truth."
Volunteers are boxing donations today and loading the truck tomorrow morning.
Shirer said he hopes to have the truck on the road by noon tomorrow.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.